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2016 High School Musical Nominees
Theatre awards' third year boasts 28 schools, 136 nominees
DAILY Arts  March 9, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Right behind it, with 11 nominations each, were James Bowie High School for its production of Tarzan and Hendrickson High School for its production of Urinetown The Musical. Earning eight nominations each were Dripping Springs High School for its version of Fiddler on the Roof and Marble Falls High School for its version of Oklahoma!..."

Live Fire!, Farm to Plate Debut Lineups
Daily Austin food news
DAILY Food  March 2, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...[image-1] The Austin Food and Wine Alliance have announced the lineup for their annual beefy fundraiser Live Fire! on April 7. The sixth year is bringing out major talent including Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki of Fresa’s Al Carbon and Launderette, John Tesar of Knife (Dallas), Cody Sharp of Filament (Dallas), Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate (DFW), Kevin Fink of Emmer & Rye, Miguel Vidal of Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, Jason Stude of Boiler Nine, Evan LeRoy of Freedmen’s, Ryan Shields of Bullfight, Christopher Wilson of The Carillon, Christina Cheng of SPUN Ice Cream, Jodi Elliott of Bribery Bakery, Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca D’Oro, Zack Northcutt of Swift’s Attic, Kristine Kittrell of Weather Up, Scott Roberts of The Salt Lick BBQ, Ben Runkle and Bryan Butler of Salt & Time Butcher Shop, Becky Masson of Fluff Bake Bar (Houston), Jason Dady of Jason Dady Restaurants (San Antonio), and John Brand of Supper (San Antonio), and Josh Kaner of Pieous (Dripping Springs)..."

Playback: White Denim Stiffens
White Denim v.2 bows a new debut, Magna Carda raps its full-length debut, and the Austin Music Census holds on to its virtue
Music Column  February 4, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Gregg Rolie, iconic voice of "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va," recorded his vocals for the original Santana band reunion album, IV, locally at Chris "Frenchie" Smith's studio, the Bubble. The Dripping Springs keyboardist and singer also fronted Journey v.1 (revisit "Of a Lifetime," Sept..."

Cookie Swaps and Cool Yules
Daily Austin food news
DAILY Food  December 8, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Look for business partners Larry Perdido and Chuck Smith to open two more Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill outlets in 2016 – one in the Round Rock area and the other at the Belterra development along Hwy 290 West near Dripping Springs...."

Barbecue & Banditos
The Salt Lick teams up with the Alamo Drafthouse
Screens Story  November 19, 2015, by Jessi Cape

Israel Nash
Music Review  October 29, 2015, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Originally from Missouri, Israel Nash took to Dripping Springs after looking for a musical home in New York City. Once here, he built a recording studio/Quonset hut to record Silver Season, follow-up to last year's Rain Plans, the singer-songwriter's glorious attempt at capturing the sun-streaked atmosphere of the Texas Hill Country in song..."

Café No Sé Opens, Juliet Celebrates
Today's Austin food news
DAILY Food  September 18, 2015, by Brandon Watson
"...The compound features a rick house for rums, gins, and whiskeys; a gift shop and sampling bar; a food trailer featuring takes on German and Mexican cuisine; a dog park; and more. Join Treaty Oak for a grand opening shindig at 16604 Fitzhugh, Dripping Springs, on Saturday, Sept..."

News Roundup: Confederates, Cookies, and Cream
Statues taken down, Blue Bell returns, all is well
DAILY News  August 31, 2015, by the News Staff
"...All Austin area H-E-B stores will begin receiving Blue Bell deliveries on Mon., Aug. 31 in addition to stores in Bastrop, Buda, Dripping Springs, Elgin, Georgetown, Kyle, La Grange, Leander, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Burnet, Kingsland, and Marble Falls." The specific times of availability were not announced, and the initial flavors will be limited: Home Style Vanilla, Cookies and Cream, Dutch Chocolate, and The Great Divide..."

Food-o-File: Weekend Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  August 29, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...29 is the final day of Twin Liquors biannual Dollar Sale at outlets all over town – selling bottles at one dollar over cost … Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (320 E. Second; 11600 Century Oaks Terrace) is now open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 2pm … Sebastian Caillabet advises us that the opening of his Lox Box & Barrel Gourmet Deli (9521 Hwy 290 West) in Dripping Springs has been pushed back to Nov..."

New beginnings
Food Column  August 20, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Thanks to a generous deal with new property owner H-E-B, Nutty Brown will remain in the original location until the new venue is completely developed, but the coolest neon cowboy in Central Texas will be twirling a rope alongside I-35 just south of IKEA by the end of 2016. "I love Hays County, I've raised my family out here and I'll miss Dripping Springs, but the McNeil property has everything we could ask for in a new location – larger capacity so we could book bigger acts, better traffic flow, more parking, beautiful trees, and no nearby residential areas to be bothered by noise," Farr explained..."

Music Review  August 20, 2015, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Co-founder Sam Llanas gone since 2011, Kurt Neumann – the other member of the original BoDeans and a longtime resident of Dripping Springs – has taken the reins of one of heartland rock's best practitioners. Except for the occasional harmony part Llanas offered, not much has changed on I Cant Stop, and with super skin-pounder Kenny Aronoff back in the fold, Neumann offers up 12 tracks of the kind, earnest, and energetic roots rock he's been crafting for almost 30 years..."

Parkway or Super Highway?
Proposed TxDOT design could force residents out, uproot historic trees
News Story  July 30, 2015, by Vicki Wolf
"...So it automatically cuts out any kind of future alternative and assumes we are always going to have this car-centric driving culture," he said. "We're kicking the can down the road and saying, 'Here, Dripping Springs, you can deal with it when they decide to build these elevated roads through your community.'"..."

Last Minute Father's Day
Food gifts and events for the procrastinator
DAILY Food  June 19, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Swift Single Malt Whiskey Treat Dad to a bottle of this single malt handcrafted in Dripping Springs by the husband and wife team of Nick and Amanda Swift. It's now available at liquor stores all over town...."

Hold My End Up
Delta Spirit frontman Matt Vasquez returns to his roots: Austin
Music Story  June 4, 2015, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Vasquez, lead singer and songwriter for indie rock favorite Delta Spirit, spent years feeling rootless. He grew up in Central Texas and attended Dripping Springs High School for a year..."

Food-o-File: Weekend Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  May 2, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• The newest venture from Doug Guller's ATX Brands is the Austin Tour Company which debuts this weekend with an inaugural tour and crawfish boil to the Deep Eddy Vodka distillery in Dripping Springs. Event planner extraordinaire Nicole Jensen is in charge of the tours, which run the gamut from floats on the San Marcos River to secret bar walking tours of Downtown Austin, plus getaways to wineries in Driftwood and Fredericksberg, or Cuvee Coffee and Willie Nelson's Cut N Putt in Spicewood..."

Eat Your Heart Out
Corazon development is a foodie paradise
Food Story  April 30, 2015
"...Shelves are now stocked with cereals, snacks, and packaged foods – an array of items that ranges from umbrellas and toilet paper to JuiceLand beverages, eggs, milk, and ice cream. Le expects to be stocking honey and skin care products from BeeWeaver Apiaries of Dripping Springs very soon..."

Can You Say EAUFT?
Spring is the time to tour Austin's urban farms
DAILY Food  April 6, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Qui Komé Sushi Kitchen Uchiko Fukumoto Anjore Fixe Paula's Texas Spirits Dripping Springs Vodka & Gin Lauren's Garden Bloody Mary Mix Wahaka Mezcal..."

SXSW Music List 10
The Damned, 2 Chainz, War on Drugs, and 242 more added
DAILY Music  March 6, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...BoDeans (Dripping Springs)..."

In the Company of Goats
Perfect pairings at Pure Luck
Food Story  February 12, 2015, by Veronica Meewes
"...Sweethardt grew up on the very same land in Dripping Springs, milking the goats and working the soil with her sisters. Her mother, Sara Sweetser Bolton, bought the 11 acres in 1979, and Pure Luck was one of the first farms to be recognized by the Texas Department of Agriculture as a certified organic farm..."

Fleet Fox
Swift Single Malt is going places
Food Story  December 23, 2014, by Claudia Alarcón
"...But before now, most of that production has focused on vodka, gin, and blended whiskey. So, it came as a surprise to hear that a single malt is coming out of Dripping Springs..."

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  December 12, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Though the new lemon vodka from Deep Eddy Distillery won't hit store shelves until sometime in January 2015, bottles of the new spirit are for sale at the new distillery at 2250 Hwy 290 East in Dripping Springs starting Friday, Dec. 12..."

10-1 Ticker... Run-Off Election Updates!
Everyone has an opinion about who you should vote for
News Story  November 26, 2014
"...The supposedly nonpartisan race has become tinged with party politics, not least because his opponent Ellen Troxclair is chief of staff to rampant Tea Partier Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs....."

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  November 21, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Twisted X Brewery (23455 RR 150 W. in Dripping Springs) gets in the holiday spirit with a Gourd'ito Saison release party where they'll tap a brew with hints of pumpkin and cinnamon that's been finished in bourbon barrels at 1pm on Saturday, Nov..."

Israel Nash
Music Review  November 20, 2014, by Jim Caligiuri
"...He spent time in New York City before relocating to Dripping Springs within the past year, but Israel Nash originally hails from Missouri. That's important because the music he makes possesses a Midwestern sensibility, with lots of wide open spaces blowing through his aural palette..."

SXSW Music: Second List
243 + 171 = as many acts as the last two ATX fests combined
DAILY Music  November 18, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Israel Nash (Dripping Springs)..."

Playback: Lines, Rhymes, and Redemption
The line at Fun Fun Fun Fest wasn't the only show last weekend
Music Column  November 13, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Old Settler's Music Festival unveiled the first wave of its 2015 lineup, including tiny stringed instrument virtuosos Sam Bush (mandolin) and Jake Shimabukuro (ukulele), old-timey freshness Pokey LaFarge, country mainstays the Mavericks, and scrappy folk troubadour Langhorne Slim. Passes for the annual roots music and camping assembly, running April 16-19 in Dripping Springs, hit the market Saturday...."

Patterns Are Important
Postmarks  October 16, 2014
"...I have voted for rail in the past. I will vote no this time. Anyone driving in from Bastrop, Manor, Pflugerville/Round Rock, Cedar Park, Dripping Springs, and Onion Creek knows the traffic problems..."

First Look: Drinks Lounge
Cocktails and comfort via Brixton and Shangri-La
DAILY Food  October 13, 2014, by Adrienne Whitehorse
"...Their Old Fashioned, for example, made with Bulleit Rye, adopts a muddled lemon wedge in lieu of an orange slice and cherry – in actuality a throwback to the original recipe long forgotten by "classic" cocktail bars. Original concoctions such as the Orange Fancy (Dripping Springs Orange Vodka, POM, Champagne) and Gin Henry (Austin Reserve gin, cucumber, lime, ground black pepper) offer a welcome reprieve from the usual French 75 or gin and tonic, without completely taking you out of your comfort zone..."

Deep Eddy Vodka's in high spirits
Food Column  August 14, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The owners of Austin's Deep Eddy Vodka have recently secured $13 million in investment capital for an expansion of the rapidly growing spirit brand. Look for Deep Eddy to open a distillery near Dripping Springs in the late fall – which will enable them to welcome the public to a tasting room for their straight, sweet tea, and Ruby Red grapefruit- and cranberry-infused vodkas as well as increase their production capacity to over 2 million cases per year...."

Wheezing Spools: Cassettes in Electronic Music – Part II
A half-dozen tape bombardments that hardly toe the line
DAILY Music  July 23, 2014, by Conor Walker
"...Digitalis re-released Great Dose of Monotonous Techno on LP last year. I’ll spin its sequel next time I find myself in Dripping Springs banging my head against the pavement...."

The Road to 10-1: Western Additions
Add two more – Districts 8 and 10
DAILY News  June 24, 2014, by Michael King
"...Ellen Troxclair, a Realtor and also chief of staff for state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, filed a CTD June 9, announcing a run in District 8 (South/Southwest)..."

From Nonna's Sicily to Texas Bellies
Jay Maffi's journey to meatball superiority
Food Story  June 5, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...For the full Sicilian experience, Juicy Jay's will cater a meatball dinner, complete with spaghetti, rigatoni, salad, garlic bread, and cheesecake. Juicy Jay's meatballs and sauce and his cheesecakes can be purchased at the Cedar Park Farmers Market, the Mueller Farmers Market, the Lone Star Farmers Market, and the City of Dripping Springs Farmers Market...."

National and local talent converge at the Austin Food & Wine Festival
Food Column  April 25, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Congratulations to First Texas Olive Oil Company at Bella Vista Ranch near Wimberley for the gold garnered by their Estate Coratina extra virgin olive oil that is grown, pressed, and bottled in Texas. Also, a shout-out to Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company near Dripping Springs for the gold given to their Sola Stella olive oil..."

Chairman of the Board
Antone's Blue Monday boss Derek O'Brien keeps the music alive and blue
Music Story  April 25, 2014, by Margaret Moser
"...Derek O'Brien chooses Railroad Bar-B-Que on FM 1626, at the east end of Manchaca near the (yes) railroad tracks, as his interview destination on this warm April Sunday. Within days, the ribs joint announces the shuttering of both its Manchaca and Kyle locations, with only a Dripping Springs outpost remaining for now...."

Measured Edge
Weige Knives crafts custom blades for local chefs
Food Story  April 18, 2014, by Mick Vann
"..."There are very few younger knifemakers. Around here the masters are Johnny Stout in New Braunfels, Harvey Dean in Rockdale, and Ernie Self in Dripping Springs, although he's mostly retired..."

Old Settler’s Music Festival: Saturday
Peak day for a peak year
DAILY Music  April 13, 2014, by Jim Caligiuri
"...This year they outdid themselves with a focus on American music in all its forms and glory that delighted roots lovers far and wide. Add in an overflow crowd, two stages on a picturesque site in Dripping Springs, and the year’s best weather, and a good time was had by all...."

Old Settler’s Music Festival: Friday
Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, Donna the Buffalo & Paul Janeway
DAILY Music  April 12, 2014, by Raoul Hernandez
"...At 4pm during Friday rush hour traffic, it took only 68 minutes to get from the midtown Chronicle offices to Dripping Springs for the second day of the Old Settler’s Music Festival. Five hours later, the trip back was swifter, but you gotta watch for deer on that dark stretch of highway..."

Bluegrass Box
Music Story  April 11, 2014, by Jim Caligiuri
"...While not strictly a bluegrass festival, Old Settler's remains the year's main event for Central Texas bluegrass fans. The appearance of the Del McCoury Band every year in Dripping Springs remains the primary reason..."

The Farmers’ Market Report: March 22-23, 2014
Feta, spring vegetables, lavender, and asparagus, if you're lucky
DAILY Food  March 21, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...I can heartily recommend both; the sprouts are even more addictive than the berries! [image-7] Texas Hill Country Olive Company will be bringing their premium extra virgin olive oils to both the Cedar Park and Mueller Markets. These olive oils are made in Dripping Springs, Texas..."

Deliciously DIY
The accidentally punk rock story behind Skull & Cakebones cupcakes
Food Story  March 21, 2014, by Melanie Haupt
"..."She asked if we wanted to be a vendor." At that point, Biesi hadn't made more than a few dozen cupcakes at a time, but she seized the opportunity. Borrowing a "kitchen" (which was actually a trailer – with one oven – situated on remote land in Dripping Springs) from a friend who'd recently shuttered a bakery, Biesi cranked out 1,000 cupcakes in flavors featuring Jester King beers to sell at the Jan..."

SXKids: Rock Out With Your Kid Out
SXSW week party list tailored for your wee ones.
DAILY Chronolog  March 7, 2014, by Terry Ornelas Woodroffe
"...Bring your own chair (or blanket), sunscreen, and refillable water bottle. Hat Creek will be on site flipping burgers and Dripping Springs Vodka is a sponsor, but by all means pack a lunch and a cooler if you want to make a day of it..."

RIP Will Indian
Postmarks  February 25, 2014
"...I remember my first visit to Austin, where Will invited me up on stage to sing with his band the Rhythm Rats at the Flamingo Cantina on Sixth Street – me a total stranger with an English accent! As well as being a superb guitarist, he was a generous and funny guy. I have many fond memories of sitting on the deck at his home in Dripping Springs watching the sun go down, listening to Will play guitar and tell his many stories. His contribution to the Austin music scene is legendary, working with vast numbers of musicians and many fine bands including the Fur Trappers, the Rhythm Rats, the Nortons, and the James Hand Band. Rest in peace and harmony, Will..."

The Good Eye
Ah, le printemps
Columns  February 21, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...I am told that in Russia, shots of vodka are sold on street corners in plastic cups with foil pull-tabs, like Jell-O. Let's hope the polar vortex doesn't last long enough for Dripping Springs Vodka trailers to start popping up on SoCo...."

How Sweet It Is
Austin Honey Company to host beekeeping workshop at Springdale Farm
DAILY Food  February 14, 2014, by Anna Toon
"...Can’t make it to the workshop? You can catch Austin Honey Co. at Hope Farmers Market every Sunday in addition to their Saturday spots at the SFC’s Downtown and Sunset Valley markets as well as the Cedar Park Market at Lakeline Mall and Wednesday’s market in Dripping Springs...."

Millions of Americans Are Strange
And dozens of them will prove this for A Strange Object on Tuesday night
DAILY Books  February 10, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Each of the story's many sentences will be read by a different person, with a couple (?) a few (?) maybe several (?) dozen readers performing the story's discrete pieces in a flowing multivoiced sequence there among the visual splendors of PrintAustin's "The Contemporary Print" show while Dripping Springs vodka disappears down various happy bibliophile gullets and the whole scene threatens to transubstantiate into a sort of blissful belles-lettres mist of souls...."

Playback: Blue Friday, Blue Sunday
Grim Reaper has its way with Austin: Larry Monroe, Charlie Hatchett, Steven Fromholz, and more
Music Column  January 24, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...In 2009, Monroe's hours were cut, prompting an avalanche of angry letters to this paper and a "Where's Phil Music?" sticker campaign. In 2010, he opted for retirement from KUT and, in 2011, was recruited to join Dripping Springs Americana station KDRP...."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  January 24, 2014, by Nick Barbaro
"...The Austin Aztex made a splash in the MLS SuperDraft for the second year in a row, with five former Aztex players drafted – three of whom came out of local high schools. Drafted were: Robbie Derschang (29th, Philadelphia Union), Kris Tyrpak (40th, Dripping Springs, Chivas USA), Michael Kafari (51st, Vancouver Whitecaps), Michael Lisch (54th, Westlake, Houston Dynamo), and Travis Golden (69th, Bowie, D.C..."

Larry Monroe 1942-2014
Beloved KUT radio personality had found a new home on KDRP
DAILY Music  January 17, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...His signature program, Blue Monday, will go on in tribute next week, confirmed O’Neal, adding that the KDRP studios will be renamed the Larry Monroe Studios. The veteran Austin deejay went to work for the Dripping Springs frequency in 2011 after spending 29 years at KUT..."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  January 10, 2014, by Nick Barbaro
"...In 2012, three players off the Aztex roster got drafted among the top 11 picks in the MLS SuperDraft, and made the jump all the way from amateur PDL to MLS. In 2013, Dripping Springs native Kris Tyrpak became the PDL Player of the Year, and he's headed to the MLS combine this week...."

Dalglish Moving Up to MLS
Aztex Coach going to MLS Cup finalist Real Salt Lake
DAILY Sports  January 8, 2014, by Nick Barbaro
"...He was named Coach of the Year in the 64-team Premier Development League in 2013, while helping develop a lot of young players. Dripping Springs native Kris Tyrpak was the PDL Player of the Year for 2013, while three players off the inaugural 2012 roster got drafted among the top 11 picks in the MLS SuperDraft, making the jump all the way from amateur PDL to the big time. Ever the class act, Dalglish sent a letter to his players, a bit of which I can share here: “With all the current staff staying and carrying on the unequalled standards that have been set, I am left in no doubt that the Aztex will continue to be the ultimate team to play for in the PDL. "Please let me thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart..."

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